The Tigers took game one of their series against the Yankees last night behind a fantastic outing by Justin Verlander. He threw seven innings and he gave up just seven hits without a walk and he struck out nine. The downer was Fernando Rodney, who had his third straight mediocre outing. He gave up two runs in the ninth and he gave up three straight hits to open up the inning. Fortunately, he got Jorge Posada to ground into a double play that limited the damage in the inning.
Magglio Ordonez belted his second home run of the season and he drove in a pair of runs. Placido Polanco went two for four with two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
The Win Probability Added graph is interesting for this game. The Tigers had a 98.1% chance of winning this heading into the ninth but that fell all the way to 82% after Melky Cabrera’s single. The double play by Posada then put it back into the 98% range before Rodney got out of his jam.
Things continue tonight with Phil Hughes (remember him, once a top pitching prospect not too long ago) going up against Edwin Jackson. Jackson is basically two for four this season, with two poor outings and two good ones. His ERA is a little deceiving because he’s given up four unearned runs but you have to like his 17/7 strikeout to walk ratio.